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Langston Hughes

Langton Hughes was born James Mercer Langston Hughes, in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902. He studied at Columbia University but left after only one yer because he wanted to travel. He was discovered as a writer by Vachel Lindsay at a resturant he worked at in Washington DC. He published his first book of poems in 1926. His work made him a primary contributor to what was known as the Harlem Renaissance. His work themes are African-American but when he was younger about being lonely. He was a playwirte, novelist, and mainly a poet.He got many ideas for his work from Jazz and Blues music from the Harlem Art scene. He started writing after one of his teachers itroduced him to poetry. He died cancer On May 22, 1967.


"CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.10Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding."I would use this standard after reading one of the kid friendly poems. I would find activites that connect to the poems. Langston Hughes addresses multicultural diversity by making poems about African Americans and their culture.

*1960 -Spingarn Medal. An award for distinguished achievements by an African American. *1979- Langston Hughes Middle School was created in Reston, Virginia. *1981- The Harlem home of Langston Hughes at 20 East 127th Street *Poems writen by Hughes and illustrated by others "My People" and "I, Too Am American" are winners of the Coretta Scott King Award

Lasting Impact

Langston Hughes wrote about the life of an average black American. He wanted to show people that black people could live a promising life. His work invented the genre known as jazz poetry and he is known as the leading voice of the Harlem Renaissance.


James Mercer Langston Hughes. (2014). The website. Retrieved 06:21, Oct 2, 2014, from People (Coretta Scott King Award - Illustrator Winner Title(s)) Hardcover – January 6, 2009. (n.d.). Retrieved October 2, 2014, from, Too, Am America. (n.d.). Retrieved October 08, 2014, from Hughes Tribute Issue. (n.d.). Retrieved October 14, 2014, from Retrieved October 02, 2014, from Hughes. (n.d.). Retrieved October 02, 2014, from, T. B. (n.d.). THE BIOGRAPHY OF LANGSTON HUGHES. Retrieved October 14, 2014, from



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